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  A teenage trio is leaving viewers speechless with their spoken word poem, “Somewhere in America,” which aired on The Queen Latifah Show last week. If you haven't watched it yet, the time has come—these young women, who are part of the LA-based nonprofit Get Lit, are airing out today's toughest issues with a poignancy and power far beyond their years. The poem begins with all three girls speaking in unison: “The greatest lesson you ... Read More
Ready to get mad? Here you go: Tw0-hundred and thirty-one anti-abortion laws have passed in the U.S. since 2011, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute. That means even with the 96 state-legislated measures that expanded abortion access in the same period of time, more than half of American women still live in places that are hostile to abortion rights. The worst offending areas to live? Those would be Texas, North Dakota, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, ... Read More
Award-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis is set to launch a film festival this spring  that celebrates women and minority characters: Films will only qualify for the competition portion if the cast is gender-balanced and the script was written, directed, and led by a woman or minority person. The festival kicks off May 5th-9th in Bentonville, Arkansas, and will include a number of legendary actors and artists—like Angela Bassett, Eva Longoria, and ... Read More
Most women have experienced some shade of this situation: Someone (usually a person who isn't particularly polite) feels the need to name the relationship between the way you look and what you've accomplished, manifesting in comments like, "You're way too pretty to be a rocket scientist" or "You're a lawyer?! Why do that when you could have been a model?"  It never feels good to be valued primarily for skin deep things you can't control when you've ... Read More
Well, the public finally got Phylicia Rashad’s opinion on the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations. Unsurprisingly—like many of his friends and family members—she is defiantly defending the Jell-O man and discrediting his accusers. Rashad, who played Cosby’s onscreen wife Clair Huxtable for 12 years, held her tongue about the heat her costar is facing until earlier this week. The actress told Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman, “What ... Read More
For many women and girls in developing countries, menstruating is a great social, financial, and physical burden. But thanks to Femme International’s Feminine Health Management Program—an initiative that provides thousands of girls in East African secondary schools with menstrual cups—the load may be slightly lightened. Typically, sanitary pads are $1 each—a seemingly small amount to many. But because the average daily wage of a day ... Read More
The daily life of an unemployed person in America primarily involves searching for work, personal care, and leisure activities. This New York Times infographic shows the amount of time spent on a certain activity for men and women in their mid-20’s to early 50’s, and reveals just how gendered some activities still are. Maroon signifies housework, beige signifies caring for others, dark and light blue signify leisure time, and yellow signifies ... Read More
Manspreading. Guys, come on. Your junk does not need that wide of a trunk. Fortunately, a brand-new MTA campaign plans to raise awareness to this behavior, forcing the people (MEN) who take up too much space to rethink their postures. If this PSA does make some of the manspreaders occupy just one seat, it'll be a relief; subway etiquette is a vital part of our commuting lives, and everything just goes so much smoother when we all exemplify it. Some men’s ... Read More
In the wake of this huge year for women's rights, female leaders, and recognition of social justice issues in general, we're getting excited for the big things to come in 2015. Here's a list of the women we'll be following in the new year and the exciting projects they'll be working on.  Ava DuVernay - Already securing her role as the first black woman to ever be nominated for a ‘Best Director’ Golden Globe, the next few months will likely ... Read More
The Lady Parts team at The Deep End Store in N.Y.C.  Lady Parts Justice Uses Humor to Fight for Women’s Rights There’s a comedy video on YouTube in which Jesus Christ appears to comedian Sarah Silverman to spread a message of religious tolerance. When he sticks around to watch a marathon of NCIS, she asks him a hot-button question: When does life begin? “At 40,” deadpans Jesus. “But fertilized eggs aren’t people. ... Read More
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